Drug charges sometimes result from the violation of the civil rights of the accused. Law enforcement, in their zeal to rid the streets of potentially deadly drugs, may overstep their boundaries, using entrapment, illegal searches or other questionable tactics to achieve their goals. For this reason, those who are accused of drug crimes, even infractions or misdemeanors, would do well to protect their rights with the help of a criminal defense attorney.
An undercover Michigan police officer claimed to have seen a man possibly selling heroin from the passenger side of a vehicle. The officer then pursued the vehicle, but the driver allegedly attempted to flee. When the driver stopped the car after a short distance, both occupants exited the vehicle and ran. Police quickly apprehended the two men.
Prosecutors in a neighboring county are seeking warrants for the driver’s arrest. Meanwhile, the passenger faces multiple charges. After police apprehended and searched him, they reportedly found 28 baggies of heroin packaged for individual sale. Police also reported finding a small amount of marijuana, and they seized the vehicle since it was allegedly used to distribute illegal drugs.
Like many who are arrested and facing drug charges, these men are currently being held in a Michigan jail. Because of the quantity involved and the fact that heroin is a Schedule 1 drug, the possible penalties these men face will likely be quite severe, including substantial prison time and costly fines. Anyone facing the consequences of a drug arrest will benefit from a strong criminal defense from an attorney with a reputation for protecting the rights of the accused.
Source: mlive.com, “Man arrested with 28 heroin baggies in Benton Harbor“, Brad Devereaux, June 8, 2017